Mass graves found in Kenya's Tana River Delta region

A burned house is seen after an attack in Kilelengwani village in Tana River Delta (10 September) The village of Kilelengwani has been at the centre of the recent violence

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Two mass graves have been discovered in Kenya's coastal Tana Delta region.

The number and identities of the bodies in the graves are unknown, police say. A court order to exhume the bodies has been requested.

More than 100 people have been killed in clashes in the area in the past month between farmers and cattle herders over land and water.

There are accusations that politicians have incited the violence ahead of elections next March.

The long-running conflict is between the Pokomo people - mostly farmers growing cash crops by the Tana River - and the Orma, semi-nomadic cattle herders.

Tana River map

But investors, both Kenyan and foreign, have been acquiring leases on vast tracts of land in the region for the purposes of large-scale cultivation of food and biofuel crops, says the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse in Kenya.

Getting elected to office can mean gaining control of such lucrative deals, our correspondent says.

There are concerns that as Kenya approaches elections next March, that competition could lead to more of the widespread violence seen after the last poll in December 2007.

The graves were discovered in the village of Kilelengwani, which has been at the centre of the recent violence.

"We don't know yet whether they are attackers who died while in confrontation with security personnel, or were just victims killed by attackers during the clashes and buried," regional police chief Aggrey Adoli was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Mr Adoli said it was not yet known how many bodies were in the graves.

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